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Self-Portrait: Dreaming at 47 KM

Zhang Mengqi

Release year: 2013

Run time: 77 mins

Film type: Documentary


This is the fourth film in my “Self-Portrait” series. I went back to the village named 47 KM in 2013. My grandfather was critically ill, and I looked after him. The old people and their memories are like dead leaves. I befriended the children and together we built a library in the village. Between the solitary old people and the naïve, sunny children, can I find my dream here?


Director biography

Zhang Mengqi was born in 1987. She graduated from the Dance Academy of China’s Minorities University in 2008. Since 2009, she has been a resident artist at CCD Workstation. She makes documentary films: Self-portrait with Three Women (2010), Self-Portrait: At 47 KM (2011), Self-portrait: Dancing at 47 KM (2012), Self-portrait: Dreaming at 47 km (2013), Self-portrait: Bridging at 47 KM (2014), Self-portrait: Dying at 47 KM (2015), Self-portrait: Born in 47 KM (2016), and Self-portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM (2017), her “Self-Portrait” series.